Bethany, CT asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Connecticut

Q: My neighbor built a 10-ft fence wall on their property 8 inches from the border line. I moved into my house 13 years ago

and the fence was already there. I have been maintaining neighbor's 8-in property since then. I recently built a fence that joins my neighbor's fence for my dog. I installed new poles close to the old fence so my fence does not touch my neighbor's. My neighbor is asking me to move my fence into my property. Is my neighbor entitled to do so? How will my neighbor maintain their 8-in alley if I build a fence at the border? What if a deer or an animal is trapped in the narrow alley? What does it mean that my neighbor never maintained their 8-in property for 13 plus years (could be more than 15 years)? I live in New Haven County, Connecticut. Thank you for your time.

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Anthony M. Avery
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A: The Boundary Line is probably established by Acquiesence. Hire a CT attorney to search both titles and determine the common boundary line of record. Be prepared to defend your title on Acquiesence if he sues you.

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